While Queensland spearfishing records are available to all AUF members for fish speared in our designated spearfishing area, our perpetual awards and trophies, however, are set to recognize the best performances and feats during the year by AUFQ members (with one exception for a service award.)
This has clearly been up held over the years and means that only AUFQ members can win, or be awarded, them. It was also clarified at the 2006 AGM that for spearfishing awards it is necessary to be a member of an affiliated club. By this we seek to encourage the efforts of our members working through our clubs.
The usually accepted format for our AUFQ State Titles competition is that non-AUFQ competitors (members of AUF in other states or members of the recognized underwater federation in other countries) are welcomed, but it should be made clear to them at the start that in the event they gain the highest score they will be given recognition for this, take the top prize should there be a prize, but not win the title and award of Queensland Champiion Spearfisher or Queensland Champion Underwater Hockey Club.
The intent of this must not be circumvented by joining an AUFQ club unless the person will normally be a member.
Duel Club Membership
An AUFQ diver may be a member of more than one AUFQ club. (This may happen when a diver moves to a different area to live, but wants to maintain social or historical links with the diver’s old club.) However when nominating for a competition (other than Skindiver or Sportsperson of the Year) they must nominate only one club for that competition or event.
It does not matter which of their clubs they paid their AUFQ membership fees through.
Teams Comprising More than one Club
All team members must be financial members of the one club and must compete at the competition as a member of that club. Composite teams from more than one club are not eligible to win these AUFQ awards. However, there was a brief period in our history when composite teams were permitted.
A brief history of each award is provided. Most state level trophies had their beginning in the days when the organization was called The Underwater Skindivers and Fishermen’s Association of Queensland. This became the Queensland Underwater Federation, the Australian Underwater Federation Queensland Branch, and now Australian Underwater Federaion Queensland.
With the large distances in our state, the actual physical trophies and shields are sometimes damaged or lost. Some competitions are contested, but no trophy has yet been donated, or a lost trophy has yet to be replaced. If you are donating a shield or trophy please consult the relevant sporting comission, and also have in mind the design of the trophy or shield that it should be, robust enough and compact enough to survive being carted about all over the state.
Since the AUFQ divided into a Commission structure, the state titles have seldom had all events contested or held at the one time and location. For this and other reasons Champion Club Trophy is no longer contested, and the SCUBA events have not been held as there were not enough contestants or organizers. In some years an award was not made as the event was not held due to bad weather, or because there were no competitors in tha category.
Code for Club Abbreviations
Many clubs have come and gone, or changed their names. Here is a list of club names and abbreviations.
AUFQ Australian Underwater Federation Queensland
AEF Aqua Extreme Freedivers
BF Flue Fins (Also as Brisbane Mantas)
BSC Bundaberg Skindivers Club
BUHC Brisbane Underwater Hockey Club
CSC Capricorn Skindivers
CUA Cairns Underwater Associaton
CDC Cooktown Diving Club
CSC Cooktown Spearfishing Club
FCUHC Fraser Coast Underwater Hockey Club
HBBC Harvey Bay Boat Club -Dive Club
IUC Innisfail Underwater Club
MBBC Moreton Bay Boat Club (Redcliffe)
MDUSC Mackay Down Under Skindivers Club
MSDC Maryborough Skindivers
MTA Marine Teachers Association
QAC QAC Underwater Club (Gatton)
QWAC Queensland Wilderness Adventure Club (Brisbane)
RAAF RAAF Amberley Scuba Club
Sub. Submariners (Biloela)
SCS Sunshine Coast Skindivers
SunC SunCity (Townsville)
THUC Tweed Heads Underwater Club
THRAC Tweed Heads Rowing & Aquatic Club
T/GCFD Tweed/Gold Coast Free Divers (Also as Bullrouts)
TSC Townsville Skindivers Club
TUSA Toowoomba Underwater Sports Association
UAC Underwater Adventurers’ Club (Brisbane)
UQ University of Qld Underwater Club (Brisbane)
USFAQ Underwater Skindivers and Fishemens Assoc. of Qld.
State Titles Locations
|1955 Keppels||1981 Cairns||2007 Cairns (u.w.h not held)|
|1956 Maryborough||1982 Townsville|
|1957 Bundaberg||1983 Sunshine Coast|
|1958 Keppels||1984 Mackay|
|1959 Gladstone||1985 Keppels|
|1960 Heron Island||1986 Cairns|
|1961 Mackay||1987 Kingscliff & Redcliffe|
|1962 Polymaise Reef||1988 Keppels|
|1963 Rockhampton||1989 Kingscliff|
|1964 Mackay||1990 not held|
|1965 Bundaberg||1991 Mackay|
|1966 Hervey Bay||1992 Broardhurst Rfs, Townsville|
|1967 Mackay||1993 Flinders Rf, Brisbane|
|1968 Bundaberg-4 Mile||1994 Biloela/Barren I., Yeppoon|
|1969 Townsville||1995 Mackay/Airlie Beach|
|1970 Sunshine Coast||1996 Southport/Airlie Beach|
|1971 Sarina||1997 Hervey Bay/Capricorns|
|1972 Bundaberg-4 Mile||1998 Townsville|
|1973 Cairns||1999 Mackay(u.w.h.Brisbane)|
|1974 Sunshine Coast||2000 Cairns (u.w.h. Brisbane|
|1975 Schute Harbour||2001 Mackay (u.w.h. Brisanbe)|
|1976 Capricornia||2002 Cairns (u.w.h Gold Coast)|
|1977 Palm Island||2003 not held (u.w.h. Cairns)|
|1978 Moreton Island||2004 Townsville (u.w.h. Cairns)|
|1979 Keppels||2005 not held (u.w.h. Morayfield, Bris)|
|1980 Gladstone||2006 Makcay (u.w.h. Gold Coast)|